Tagging – scale matters

Anyway, if you’ve read Bokardo for any period of time (go here to win prizes) you know that I believe our systems should model our behaviors and thoughts, not the other way around. We shouldn’t have to map what’s in our head to some other idea set every time we use software if we don’t have to.

Scale is the Great EqualizerBut the thing is, and this is where Elaine underestimates folksonomies, scale matters. Even if a few people tag things incorrectly, most people won’t. This doesn’t have to do with the fact that most people are Good, it’s just that if we ask enough people the same question or have them observe the same phenomenon, where their experiences overlap will tend to be the reality of the situation.

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